I’m a firm believer that an album should be a complete thought, from the continuity of the sound through to the order of the songs. A lot of times people will record over a long period of time, which often leads to something that seems disjointed.
Orla Gartland ‘People aren’t stupid; if you try to be anything other than yourself, it just won’t work long term.’
A quick plea to music lovers: The future of independent music is dependent on you. You are the reason that an artist will become “the next big thing”, so don’t be shy. If you like an artist’s music – tell people, share it.
It’s infectious to hear two guitars & bass playing the same thing that a drummer in a dance band would normally play. It’s also really exciting to be playing jazz & have folks dance to it.
The older I get the more I find my inspiration in my memories of youth. I know it’s a bit sentimental, but trying to recapture those first musical emotions that possessed me when I was young puts me back into my creative zone.
It’s easy to sit around & shit on what we don’t like about ‘mainstream’ Hip Hop, but I think that has more to do with jealousy in a lot of cases or even just subjectivity. Hip Hop is about self expression & personal truth.
The music industry has changed so much & most artists aren’t interested in creating full-length albums anymore. I believe that life & music is a journey told one song at a time, one chapter at a time. Satellites is our manifestation of that belief.
Never stop learning. Read books & poetry & short stories. Watch documentaries & educational videos. Go to private classes & seminars and meet ups. Always take the chance to learn something new.
Freedom with discipline. We build on concepts & flows that can be perceived as reality – we always search for individuality in each track, once we get clarity on what is the main topic then the lyrics just come naturally.
It’s therapeutic for me to write songs. ‘Prince of the Universe’ is a title that came to me in jail. It’s not a title that has really been talked about in hip hop like it has been in rock music.
That’s how I felt when people criticised me, at times for no reason: an Antichrist, ‘the bad guy’. It also symbolizes the dark side of fame, of performing & putting yourself out there. Fame is a bit like a demon, disguising his dark side to lure you into some sort of ‘dreamland’.
A piece of music is never really finished. I used to think music has to be filled to the brim, but you never fill a whisky glass to the top now do you?
Some thought I was transgender. I’m big, I sing low. There’s a law in Russia that bans promoting homosexuality. They refused to work with me, just in case.